from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A colorless, extremely irritating gas or liquid, SO2, used in many industrial processes, especially in the manufacture of sulfuric acid, and as a preservative, disinfectant, and bleach. It is also a hazardous pollutant resulting from burning fossil fuels and refining sulfide-containing ores.
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- noun inorganic chemistry A
toxic gas, of molecular formulaSO2 that is found in the emissionsof volcanosand those of burning coalor petroleum; dissolves in water to form sulfurous acidand, in the presence of oxygen, sulfuric acid, and is thus responsible for acid rain.
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- noun a colorless toxic gas (SO2) that occurs in the gases from volcanoes; used in many manufacturing processes and present in industrial emissions; causes acid rain
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